Funny how things work in the NFL.
It seemed as if everyone with a microphone or notepad wanted to know how the Ravens were dealing with that ugly 23-20 home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"Obviously, it's not quite as pleasant," Ray Rice said of the mood at the Castle. "But it's all part of it. You have to come in and see what you can correct and move on as quickly as you can."
John Harbaugh, the buttoned-down Ravens coach, went even further, insisting it was "business as usual" for his football team.
But when Flacco heard that, he broke into a smile.
"That's probably a little bit of a lie," the Ravens quarterback said. "There's always a little bit of extra urgency after a loss, for whatever reason. I don't know if it's a bad thing or a good thing. But we are [calm]. We're always calm, cool, collected and confident around here."
Calm, cool, collected and confident — Flacco sounded like a deodorant commercial.
But it's clear the Ravens won't be dealing with any lingering self-esteem issues when they climb into their buses this morning for the short ride down Interstate 95 to FedEx Field.
It's also clear they won't be stressing too much about the prospect of facing a Redskins team that has won three games in a row and features the sublime Robert Griffin III at quarterback.
See, that's another thing the Ravens had their fill of all week: the nonstop barrage of RGIII hype.
As the questions about the rookie phenom flew at them, it was as if none of the other Redskins existed and RGIII was going to win this game for Washington all by himself, a one-man superhero who would make enough big plays to doom the Ravens.
Oh, when asked about him, the Ravens were polite enough.
Invariably, they lapsed into standard NFL player-speak about how much talent the guy has, how much they respect his game, how he plays wise beyond his years and blah, blah, blah.
You'd bring up the kid's stats — third in the NFL with a passer rating of 104.4, 714rushing yards, a record for NFL rookie quarterbacks — and the Ravens would nod and say something like: "Yes, he's really something."
You'd bring up this nifty roll the kid is on — nine touchdowns in his past three games, just one interception — and the Ravens would say: "I'm a big fan." Ray Rice said just that.
But as the week went on, there was a certain look in the Ravens' eyes, a certain set of their jaw, that said this: "One more RGIII question and I'm throwing you through that locker."
So we stopped asking. At least I did.
I get that look enough when I'm at home.